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Alexandra Wood, High Street, Bishops Stortford. The bespoke menswear store has had a refit. Dennis Sterne in store. Pic: Vikki Lince
Alexandra Wood, High Street, Bishops Stortford. The bespoke menswear store has had a refit. Dennis Sterne in store. Pic: Vikki Lince

Bishop's Stortford's oldest shop is being given a sharp new look for 2018.

Alexandra Wood, High Street, Bishops Stortford. The bespoke menswear store has had a refit. Dennis Sterne in the store. Pic: Vikki Lince
Alexandra Wood, High Street, Bishops Stortford. The bespoke menswear store has had a refit. Dennis Sterne in the store. Pic: Vikki Lince

Alexandra Wood Bespoke, which continues the tradition of gentlemen’s outfitting which began in the High Street in 1601, now has a revamped interior and updated window displays.

Savile Row tailor Alexandra Wood moved into the iconic timbered building, formerly Tissimans in July 2016. In doing so she revived more than four centuries of sartorial history in the town.

Slaters was established in 1601 as a tailor, draper and undertaker. The earliest evidence of the name change to Tissimans was in the late 1800s.

Before it closed in February 2013, it was the oldest men’s clothing establishment in the world which once provided liveries to royal servants at Sandringham House and Windsor Castle.

Alexandra Wood, High Street, Bishops Stortford. The bespoke menswear store has had a refit. Pic: Vikki Lince
Alexandra Wood, High Street, Bishops Stortford. The bespoke menswear store has had a refit. Pic: Vikki Lince

Alexandra said: “Now that we’ve been in the shop for a year and a half, we decided that we wanted to give it a facelift. To make it brighter and more modern while still keeping its amazing features.”

Parts of the premises date from about 1360, with more “modern” additions around 1545, but Alexandra is bringing the interior bang up to date.

She said: “We’re going from bronze, wood and dark leather to chrome, marble and black to make the clothes really pop and to give a sharp, modern edge. The windows will have a new look too. “Tissimans was so well loved, but we do think that younger people still have a view that it’s still quite old fashioned, which we can assure people that it isn’t. We’d love to welcome those who’ve never been to come and take a look.”

After a successful Christmas, she is starting the new year with a made to measure promotion of £695 for two-piece suit in navy, charcoal or black for new customers only, plus a complimentary extra pair of trousers for any two-piece suit ordered in January. A sale which started yesterday is offering up to 60% off some stock.

Alexandra Wood, High Street, Bishops Stortford. The bespoke menswear store has had a refit. Pic: Vikki Lince
Alexandra Wood, High Street, Bishops Stortford. The bespoke menswear store has had a refit. Pic: Vikki Lince

Other independent retailers in the town also reported buoyant festive sales, with bumper trading at Katie Bradshaw’s Coco’s Chocolaterie in Palmers Lane and Carla’s Marshall’s Carla’s Curios & Creations in Church Street.

Katie said: “We had a fantastic run up to Christmas.”



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